The Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health announced that Dr. Jennifer M. Griffith, has been named associate dean for public health Practice and associate department head in the department of public health studies.
Dr. Griffith previously served as director of practice experiences, Master of Public Health (MPH) program director and assistant professor in the department of health policy and management.
“The role of the Office of Public Health Practice is to facilitate, promote and link academic partners with public health practitioners,” Dr. Griffith said. “It is important to stay connected and provide a conduit for the school and practice partners to interact, which simultaneously helps to prepare our graduates to meet public health needs of today and the future.”
In her role as associate department head for public health studies, Dr. Griffith, an associate professor, will manage and oversee academic programs including curriculum design, delivery, and evaluation. The school’s newest department offers its first undergraduate degree, designed to produce graduates ready to address the current public health workforce shortages.
“These two positions complement each other in that by keeping abreast of public health practice needs, I will better be able to work with the department to assure our graduates are knowledgeable and trained with skills to meet public health workforce needs from day one on the job,” Dr. Griffith said.
Dr. Griffith is a member the Texas A&M School of Public Health inaugural graduating class, receiving her MPH in 2000. She received her DrPH in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.